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While my new job kept me extraordinarily busy, I still found time to get to the beach a couple of times a week at the least.  I watched the seasons through the year in a way that I simply did not see in Seattle.

In winter, the beach trails were underwater.

In winter, the beach trails were underwater.

winter sky

winter sky

Water collected in the Seaview dunes wetlands.

Water collected in the Seaview dunes wetlands.

wetland

At least one a week I found time to walk down to Holman Creek and back along K Place.

At least one a week I found time to walk down to Holman Creek and back along K Place.

willows in the swamp by Holman Creek

willows in the swamp by Holman Creek

Yeo-Ho, one of the K Place houses in historic Seaview.

Yeo-Ho, one of the K Place houses in historic Seaview.

In late winter, clamming weekends drew many to stay at the Sou’wester.  If we had a full weekend, I did not have to clean on Saturdays!   I could catch up with the laundry and then go watch the clammers.

clam tide

clam tide

reflections

clamming in Seaview

clamSunset clamming was especially beautiful.

clammers in the sunset sky

clammers in the sunset sky

clammer's dream

clammer’s dream

I sold a print of Clammer’s Dream at local shop The Picture Attic and sold many photo cards with this photo.

clamming by moonlight

clamming by moonlight

clamming by lantern in the fall

clamming by lantern in the fall

Often in the evening I would see horse riders or the carriage making a last run along the beach.

castles

castles and carriage

castles and carriage

in the dunes

in the dunes

wild salmonberry

wild salmonberry

On Thursdays I picked flowers in the dunes to add to flowers from my gardens to put bouquets in all the rooms.

thistles (not for bouquets!)

thistles (not for bouquets!)

grasses along Holman Creek

grasses along Holman Creek

wildflowers along Holman Creek

wildflowers along Holman Creek

beach flowers

beach flowers growing in the sand

wild daisies

wild daisies

sheets of flowers to add to my Thursday night bouquet extravaganza

sheets of flowers to add to my Thursday night bouquet extravaganza

pearly everlasting

pearly everlasting

Rarely, I had time to make it all the way down to Beard’s Hollow.

pearly everlasting at Beard's Hollow

pearly everlasting at Beard’s Hollow

nature's ornamental grass display

nature’s ornamental grass display

I was amazed to find so many flowers that bloomed in the sand.

pink

dunes

pearly everlasting: a staple of my late summer bouquets

pearly everlasting: a staple of my late summer bouquets

tansy

autumn in the dunes

autumn in the dunes

sunset

sunset

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On our way back to Seattle from the Sylvia Beach Hotel, we stopped at the Long Beach Peninsula.

looking from the boardwalk to Long Beach town in '91

looking from the boardwalk to Long Beach town in ’91

I had read in Northwest Best Places book that the Sou’wester Lodge in Seaview, Washington was eclectic and eccentric and that their “Trailer Classics Hodgepodge” was affordable, so we stayed there in an old Spartan RV.   And I fell in love with the place and its owners, an older couple named Len and Miriam.

Sou'wester Lodge

Sou’wester Lodge

by the Sou'west Lodge front door

by the Sou’wester Lodge front door

I took long walks through Seaview and Long Beach.

Long Beach from the boardwalk, 1991

Long Beach from the boardwalk, 1991

in downtown Long Beach

in downtown Long Beach

downtown Long Beach carousel

downtown Long Beach carousel

K Place in Seaview, looking toward the Sou'wester

K Place in Seaview, looking toward the Sou’wester

I marveled at this Seaview mansion which I think was built around the same time as the Sou’wester.  Years later I learned it was owned by the same family who owned the iconic beach house I had photographed when I was 18.

mansion on Willows Road

mansion on Willows Road

We started to think of looking for a house to buy and saw this little one near the mansion, sinking into the swamp…no windows…but for sale.

swamp house

swamp house

Below, another old house for sale on Willows Road in Seaview. (Someone did buy it and it is a very well kept house nowadays.)

on Willows Road

on Willows Road

I adored the names adorning many of the beach houses: Quit-Yo-Worry, Lo Tide, Clam Tide, Yeo Ho, No See Sea, Care-away House, WindandSea, Shadow Pines, Rambler’s Rest.

Quit Yo Worry in Long Beach

Quit Yo Worry in Long Beach

We discovered a spooky place at the south end of the beach called Beard’s Hollow…. We have seen old photos where people had a rope and pulley to ride between the cliff and the big rock, and the sea used to go around it.

Beards Hollow

Beards Hollow

(I still did not like it that cars were allowed on the beach.)

swamp path in Beards Hollow

swamp path in Beards Hollow

The above trail would be underwater in winter.  Now The Discovery Trail provides boardwalk access.

a spooky wash of driftwood in Beards Hollow

a spooky wash of driftwood in Beards Hollow

Near Beard's Hollow

Near Beard’s Hollow

tire tracks on the beach

tire tracks on the beach

birds

birds

I loved every detail of the beach (except for the tire tracks).

grasses

grasses

bird tracks

bird tracks

Robert on the beach

Robert on the beach

We were so smitten with the Peninsula and so amazed that one could buy a house for $35,000 that we made an offer on a house in Ocean Park…thinking we could stay there on weekends.  I walked the beach feeling terribly excited and imagining living there, making stained glass boxes and rustic baskets for sale, maybe doing odd jobs and some gardening and cleaning jobs.   The offer almost made it but fell through due to the realtor’s error. The owner went fishing and while at sea reconsidered selling, and due to the error, he was able to back out…So back we went to Seattle.

Later the same year, we returned to the Sou’wester for another long autumn weekend.  At the Sou’wester rental trailer area (below) , you can see our van parked next to one of the larger Spartan trailers.  I had found out shortly before this trip that I was pregnant, and could hardly bear the smell of food, and when the owners found out, they upgraded us to a larger trailer with a rear bedroom so I could get away from the kitchen.

Beaky communes with Sou'wester vintage trailers

Beaky communes with Sou’wester vintage trailers

Expecting a child, we decided that we could not move to the beach after all.  I particularly wanted our child to experience the culturally diverse qualities of Seattle and to not be raised in what seemed to me to be a very white, homogeneous community.   I wanted him to be able to go to Bumbershoot, the Martin Luther King Day march, the Gay Pride march, concerts, museums, art films….all that the city had to offer.  So I let do of the beach dream.   The stay at the Sou’wester felt final and poignant because I knew we would be unable to afford trips for quite some time.

Sou'wester trailers:  The African Queen, the Disoriented Express and the Blue Wave.

Sou’wester trailers: The African Queen, the Disoriented Express are the ones with murals.

I titled this photo (below) “Surreal Beach.”  Much as I had fallen in love with the Long Beach Peninsula, I was appalled then and still am that cars can drive on the beach as if it were a highway. Which it legally is.

Surreal Beach

Surreal Beach

(When I posted this on Facebook, a friend replied:  “Which is sadly, one of the big reasons I don’t vacation there. I took my kids down once to Long Beach and was paranoid of being run over on our bikes by cars I could not hear coming up behind me. We go down to the Sand Dune Recreational Area in Southern Oregon and the area we camp in is off limits to cars and ORVS.”

To which I replied:  When I read the entries at friends’ resorts (cottages and B&B’s), one of the running themes is how the guests do NOT like the cars on the beach, but just try to write a letter to the editor of the local (fairly liberal) weekly paper about it, and one gets inundated with angry pro-beach-driving responses. One big argument is that the elderly cannot get out there otherwise, so I say maybe open one section for disabled permits, and allow driving on beach clean up days, and that is IT. The state park has a long car-free beach, though, and a nice campground…(Ft Canby as was, now Cape Disappointment).

sunset

sunset

Sunset on the beach and back to Seattle for a whole new chapter in life, or so we thought.

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